Ann Ipock is an award-winning Southern author, speaker and humorist, who’s found writing to be her safest career to date. After catching the Mayor’s mustache in her dental hygiene polisher, she joined a writer’s group, began acting in community theatre and changed her hair color at least three times. She now lives in Wilmington, NC with her loving, loyal, and confused husband, Russell. They have two daughters and four granddaughters.
Life is Short, Pack Your Bags Now! was released in late 2016 and follows Life is Short, I Wish I Was Taller, Life is Short, So Read This Fast! and Life is Short, But It’s Wide.
Ann has written for *Georgetown Times, SC’s oldest newspaper, Sasee Magazine, Columbia County Magazine and Salt Magazine. She has taught at the SC Writer’s Workshop in Myrtle Beach, the Foothills Writers Guild Conference at Anderson University, and was selected as a judge for Catfish Stew anthology, as well as the Silver Coast Winery's Short Stories.
Ann’s hobbies include gardening, dining out, dancing, decorating, traveling, shoe-shopping and acting. These help to diminish her A.D.D. flare-ups. Her favorite role to date is Truvy Jones of Steel Magnolias. Sadly, the only line she remembers now is, "There's no such thing as natural beauty!"
Among Ann’s favorite childhood memories are her fourth grade school talent show, pantomiming “Alley Oop,” and promptly losing; entering a science project in ninth grade on ‘crystallization,’ and promptly winning a blue ribbon; [with apologies to, Jim, the class genius she beat, who stood there crying]; and riding in the Christmas parade float, sponsored by The Bootery—her family’s shoe store, complete with big hair, a long formal gown with matching dyed peau de soie heels and white elbow-length gloves. Long live the beauty-queen wave!
Ann’s favorite quote:
“A warning: Life is full of decisions and you better not waver and quaver over each one or you will stress yourself. You will die young and miss your seventies and eighties, which are two decades that can be a delight.”
-Emily Whaley, as told to William “Billy” Baldwin, author of Mrs. Whaley and Her Charleston Garden